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Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date August 25, Styles Prog-Rock. Track Listing. Wells Fargo. Alan Shacklock. Babe Ruth. The Runaways. I really like this album even though First Base was a bit more exciting. The band is investigating several musical influences during this album: some jazz with Lady, some syrupy ballad with Baby Pride, some Latin soul with Cool Jerk.
Still no trace of a heavy song on the programme with Broken Cloud. It is just a tranquil ballad with loads of orchestrations. Pompous and soundtrack oriented. Pure blues during Gimme Some Leg, during which Janita provides a fantastic vocal performance a la Joplin I made the same comment for Wells Fargo on their debut.
Acoustic guitar and violin are on the menu. Doctor Love is the funky one of this album which I don't like very much to be honest.
The longest track from this work Amar Cabballero starts again as a mellow and melancholic song with very sweet vocals; it gets upbeat with the middle part called Hombre De La Guitarra.
Some sort of acoustic Santana extravaganza: great percussion by all means. The closing section called El Testament De Amelia brings us back into a full and peaceful acoustic guitar play.
Two stars for this album which is hard to categorize, but it is definitely no heavy prog at all. The first thing I noticed about this album the first time I heard it and I've yet to hear Babe Ruth's debut was that both the production and musicianship were impressive. Unfortunately, the payback decreases with every subsequent listen - the Wow factor quickly rubs off, and leaves the listener feeling a bit short-changed.
So this is a good album for a couple of listens - and well worth hearing. Listening is another matter - as soon as you start digging deep, you realise that it's all surface. That doesn't mean there's nothing to like - it's a reasonable album, with a strong line-up of songs and some very interesting touches in the arrangements. All of which turn out to be colour by numbers, not particularly heavy, and definitely not Prog in any sense of the term - so don't come in looking for Heavy Prog - it's barely Prog-Related.
It's s rock music with some interesting and different twists: The thing that jumps out of the opener, Lady, is the uncanny similarity to music you'd normally hear on those Library compilations, such as those on the famous KPM label, featuring such unsung maestros as Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield although, sadly, without the Hammond. The energetic yet laid-back reggae puts me in mind of the Police specifically, Walking on the Moon , each instrument in the arrangement precisely in place - a bit too precisely for rock and roll, especially the finger-clicks, and the orchestral arrangements perfect to a t.
The modulation for the chorus and flute melody interlude are drop-dead gorgeous, but still there's that suspicion of artificiality, and the guitar solo simply imitates the melody without developing it before going off onna light jazz tip noodle. There's plenty of evidence of good musicianship - but not of the musical development that is a feature of Prog. Gimme Some Leg is a slow groove rock number, again, too utterly precise to truly rock, and, at this tempo, somewhat lugubrious.
The song construction is so obvious that this is a good one to skip over unless you like drawn-out pentatonic scales, of which there are two extended portions. Neat and without fries. Baby Pride starts with a nice jazzy guitar flurry and again, sounds a little proggy, Janita Haan attempting to extend her rather limited vocal range down into uncomfortable singing ranges. Some might perceive the breathiness as quite sexy, I find it a bit constipated.
The progression gets rather repetitive by about halfway through, but there are some nice details in the arrangement - again, inserted at precisely the right times, emphasising the by numbers feeling. The cover of Cool Jerk annoys the crap out of me, so I won't cover it in any depth - the precision thing is way overplayed - the thing that makes this track work is looseness and funkiness, and this roadkill has neither.
We Are Holding on continues the alternation of up-tempo and down-tempo pieces, and is a sonic feast - it sounds absolutely fabulous. But musically, with everything slotting perfectly into place just like an MFI kitchen unit, it's functionally perfect, but very boring.
Well worth a second listen, but not a third. Up goes the tempo, predictably, for Doctor Love another possible interpretation of this album's title.
This quirky funky track could be really cool if the funk lived in it. But it doesn't. Back to the KPM albums. The 3-part title track, then, is the biggest nod towards Prog Rock. But who wrote those lyrics? The quasi-Spanish guitar works reasonably to paint the portrait of the knight in the court of Queen Isabella - but what a dreary sod he must've been! I prefer the Guitar bloke that follows, lifting the tempo in a merry dance in the loosest and hence strongest piece so far on the album, continuing the Spanish flavours, and grooving strongly - but maybe overdoing it a bit, stringing it out for a good couple of minutes longer than it needs to be with nothing new to say or any interesting developments in the music.
The applause is really overdoing it. So this promising 9-minuter is, in fact, 3 separate pieces, linked by the Spanish feel of the acoustic guitar, not a logical or even illogical progression, and the album as a whole has no coherent concept.
As I said, definitely one to hear - indeed, one to hear more than once - but not really a keeper in any Prog collection, as it loses its patina pretty quickly, like the chewing gum on the bedpost overnight. File under Sort-of Prog Related. Babe Ruth's second offering is a major disappointment after the excellent debut, First Base.
Amar Caballero is a very uneven album featuring a couple of very good songs, some average ones, and some really bad ones too. Marsden moved on to join Whitesnake after the short lived Paice Ashton Lord broke up and Lambeth left the band. Their single "Elusive" became a popular song on the Northern soul scene. Between late and early , Haan now Janita Haan Morris , Hewitt, Shacklock, and Punshon reunited to record new material together in Nashville ,  with Spevock recording his drums in London.
The album, titled Que Pasa , was completed September , and after being made available in digital form via the band's official web site, was released on Revolver Records in The band embarked on a successful reunion tour of Canada in July , playing three concerts at Ottawa Bluesfest , Metropolis Montreal , and Festival International du Blues de Tremblant.
On 28 June , Babe Ruth played their only show in the world for at Milwaukee 's Summerfest ; over attended. Welcome to popular music site IsraBox! On IsraBox you can listen music for review is also you can download music albums. We present new, exclusive music and the hot hits for information.
She is a great asset to this band. But she's quite flexible too, as this album demonstrates. Part B of the song sees it's highest point with Haan screaming out in the background as Shacklock riffs away. You must be a forum Album) to post a review, please register here if you are not. Styles Prog-Rock. Wells Fargo 2. So this promising 9-minuter is, in fact, 3 separate pieces, linked by the Spanish feel of the acoustic guitar, not a logical or even illogical progression, and the album as a whole has no coherent concept. The instrumental We Are Holding On is a wonderful if short track with intricate and delicate pianos and guitars played emotionally to make a classic track for the band. The Album) side is the stronger of the two, but even it has it's flaws.
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